Long-winded gas probe lasts 17 hours

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BER­LIN: At least 23 po­lice in Ber­lin spent more than 17 hours at­tempt­ing to pros­e­cute a man who farted in front of a po­lice­woman, the city’s par­lia­ment con­firmed yes­ter­day.

The size­able po­lice work­force was de­ployed to pros­e­cute the man who al­legedly farted twice in front of a po­lice­woman in Fe­bru­ary last year while his per­sonal de­tails were be­ing checked. A po­lice group leader deemed the man’s flat­u­lence as of­fen­sive and charged him, and just un­der a year later, he re­ceived a fine of more than $1 060 (about R14 000).

The man con­tested the fine and had to ap­pear in court in Septem­ber.

The judge threw the case out in just min­utes, Ger­many’s Ber­liner Kurier news­pa­per re­ported.

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